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Last-second drama puts Ortner in the consolation semis!

By Jeff Holmes · February 22nd, 2020
Brady Ortner scored a last-second reversal and near-fall to defeat Harlan's Ethan Lemon, 14-13 to advance to Saturday's 126-pound consolation semifinals. Ortner (44-7) led Lemon 10-9 with 30 seconds to go when the Cyclone got a takedown and turned him for a two-point near-fall. But with nine seconds left, Ortner managed to get out from underneath and scored the reversal and back points to score the 14-13 win.

Ortner advances, clinches medal with dramatic win

By Jeff Holmes · February 21st, 2020
Vinton-Shellsburg's Brady Ortner has defeated freshman Ethan DeLeon of Sioux City Heelan, 1-0 in the second round of the Class 2A consolation bracket.With the victory Ortner (43-7) advances to tonight's consolation 3rd round against Ethan Lemon of Harlan (37-10 of and most importantly he has wrapped-up at least 8th-place in the tournament and a spot in on the medal podium Saturday night.

Ortner advances with a fall, will wrestle in Friday's 2nd round

By Jeff Holmes · February 20th, 2020
Viking sophomore Brady Ortner pinned Jack Ites of Iowa Falls-Alden in Thursday's first round of consolations to advance to Friday's second-round. Ortner pinned Ites in 1:57 of the first period. He will wrestle the loser of the quarterfinal match between Ethan DeLeon of Sioux City Heelan and Joe Sullivan of Osage.

Ortner falls 3-2 in State opener, consolations shortly

By Jeff Holmes · February 20th, 2020
Vinton-Shellsburg wrestler Brady Ortner dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Brock Beck of Grinnell (ranked No. 2 in the State at 126) in the first round of the State tournament this afternoon in Des Moines. Brady (41-7) will be in action again shortly in the consolation round, facing Jack Ites of Iowa Falls-Alden as he looks to stay alive in the tourney.

The track where Corey Dripps started his racing career nearly 30 years ago is the same track he’ll promote in 2020.Dripps and his father Rick, partners in Specialty Racing Promotions Inc., will be in charge for their first full season at Benton County Speedway. They’d promoted a single event, the season-ending Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour show, at Vinton, the traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division, last September.

This Saturday night, February 22, the Cedar Rapids High School RoughRiders hockey team will hold its annual Senior Night celebration. The ceremony recognizing the seniors of the graduating high school class of 2020 will begin immediately following the conclusion of the junior varsity game, which begins at 5:00pm.

Vikings hold off Hawk rally, 60-56

By Jeff Holmes · February 18th, 2020
Coach Joe Johnson's Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings held off a late rally to post a 60-56 WaMaC road victory Friday night at West Delaware.Paced by double figure scoring from Sam Griffith, Jose Wilson and David Lapan-Islas, the Vikings (8-11 on the year) pulled out to a 38-29 lead at the half, only to have the Hawks cut the margin to two at 48-46 going into the fourth quarter.

Vikettes advance to Regional semis, 64-55 behind Lucy H-V's 28

By Jeff Holmes · February 17th, 2020
Back at the beginning of this amazing 2019-20 girls' basketball campaign, the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes lost a 51-47 road game to Solon. It was Coach Rich Haisman's first loss as head coach and came on a night when the Vikettes converted on just 11 of 31 free-throw attempts. Saturday night the Vikettes went back to Solon and came back with a far different outcome.

WaMaC Conference Meet 2-14

By Amber Pattee, Bowling/Volleyball Coach · February 17th, 2020
On Friday night Varsity bowling competed in our conference tournament and I could not be more proud of these kids. First let start with the girls, these girls shot over 300 pins above average earning us a 3rd place overall. These girls are working really hard and the score are definitely showing. Our team was led by sophomore, Anna Becker, with a great series of 428 earning her a 3rd place individual overall score.

Viking Brady Ortner grabs District crown, headed for State

By Jeff Holmes · February 15th, 2020
"Any year that ends at State is a good year..."-- Coach Don Holmes, 19-something-or-otherA season of injury and illness, of ups and downs, and emotions that went off the scale on both ends will continue one more week for the Vinton-Shellsburg wrestling team.Sophomore 126-pouner Brady Ortner used a first round pin and three big takedowns in the finals to win the Class 2A District wrestling tournament Saturday at Center Point-Urbana High School.

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